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Sarah Lewis, 92, Day School Principal

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Sarah Einhorn Lewis, who served as principal of Phil­adelphia’s Solomon Schech­ter Day School (now the Perelman Jewish Day School), some 50 years ago, died Sept. 10 at her home in Cherry Hill, N.J.

She was 92 years old.

Education and Judaism were keys to understanding this China native, who immigrated to the United States with her family early on.

In 1940, she earned her bachelor’s degree at Brooklyn College and, eight years later, a diploma from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

In 1953, she got a master’s from Columbia University, preceding her taking on the role of principal at Schechter in Phila­del­phia.

In 1968, taking classes in Hebrew, she graduated from Ulpan Etzion in Jerusalem.

She was surrounded by the love of Judaism and its culture; her late husband, Rabbi Albert L. Lewis, whom she met while she was a teacher and he, the principal, of a yeshiva in Brooklyn, retired his pulpit at Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill 21 years ago. 

Lewis is survived by daughters Gilah Seitz and Orah Lipsky; a son, Rabbi Shalom; and seven grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel at: www.masorti.org.

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